If you could only repeat one climb...


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Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Dec 6, 2012 - 03:07pm PT
+1 for Positive Vibrations

Just give me the Hulk and I will be happy

Gym climber
Dec 6, 2012 - 03:16pm PT
If you could only repeat one climb for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Seems to me the question is saying, "For the rest of your life, there is only one climb you can repeat." Not that you have to climb only one route for the rest of your life. I dunno ~

I suppose I'd want something long, and solid.

McTwisted presents a damn good candidate. That one has the full variety of climbing: thin crack, thick crack, hand crack, lay backs, a bit of a bouldery section, and a bit of a facey section. Oh, and more laser-cut cracks.

Hot Line also has the variety, including the laser.

As long as I can climb those I will. (How's that for positive thinking!)

Certainly, my choice would not be Top 40 to Middle Toilet.

Dec 6, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
I hadn't done Royal Arches since the tree was there it seems like (20 years???) and we did a lap on it last May to get up to that nice long 10a friction up on N Dome. Damn that was so much fun I might have to go with Nutjob on this one.

Arches. Or Serenity/Sons of Yesterday. I usually get on that one when I'm in the valley. Great routes both.

Trad climber
Dec 6, 2012 - 03:50pm PT

Not sure I could even make the reach for the lip unless there was an open bag of potato chips.

Foops in 1976.

Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2012 - 05:17pm PT
Yikes I figured this would be dead! I am enjoying reading everyone's lists! A few have put down "it's an easy one" or "it's not very hard", etc. I love getting on something that is at my limit and is hard for me. I love finally getting the thing clean after falling or just being a pussy and bailing but the routes that I seem to have the most fun on are one's that are easy for me and not very hard! Maybe I can enjoy the scenery and companionship more when I'm not focused on "...just make this move and you'll get a rest....maybe" mentality. Love the pictures, too! If I ever get back east I've gotta get to the Gunks. I've never been anywhere near it but Foops is one of those routes that you see a picture of that roof and just know, yep that's Foops.


Edit: and wtf??? How has no one put Lembert Dome down yet????

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 6, 2012 - 06:40pm PT
Some climb that I do next Spring.

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Dec 6, 2012 - 07:16pm PT
Riley, yes it is Igor Unchained!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! loved that climb:-)

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 6, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
It's a coin toss-
The Vampire
NE Face Pingora

do I have to do the approach?

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Dec 6, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
It would most likely be NF of the Rostrum. That's probably the most memorable and rewarding climb I ever managed to get my ass up.

Trad climber
Dec 6, 2012 - 09:23pm PT
Tollhouse Traverse for sure.
Credit: micronut

Or the Regular Route on Fairview.
Credit: micronut

Or Matthes Crest.
Credit: micronut

Or a link up of all three. Overandoverandoveramdoverandoverandover for the rest of my life.
Todd Eastman

Bellingham, WA
Dec 6, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
I would opt for something mellow like High E or CCK in the Gunks, Triple S at Seneca, or Gamesmanship or Catharsis at Poko because they would be a bit more fun than something like the Rostrum in 20 or thirty years.

Mountain climber
Dec 8, 2012 - 05:52pm PT
At my age, every climb is new, whether I've done it before or not...

Boulder climber
Dec 8, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
Hindu Kush at Shiprock, grandfather mountain, NC... Ive done the damn thing countless times and every variation known..i could do it everyday for the rest of my life..

A close second would be the Cathedral Traverse...theres just so much variety you could always climb something new!!


Santa Cruz
Dec 8, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
Positive Vibrations
Credit: Adamame

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 8, 2012 - 08:18pm PT
OK! After writing about the anti-guidebook ethic in Idaho's Sawtooth Mtns today, now I'm overcome with nostalgia.

I climbed the Open Book on the Finger of Fate in mountain boots twice back in the 1970's, when it was considered a 5.6.


It would be great to climb it in rock shoes, now that it is considered a 5.8.

The route hasn't changed, but I have.
Fritz in 1971 on an easy upper pitch.  I didn't place protection, so I...
Fritz in 1971 on an easy upper pitch. I didn't place protection, so I could top rope Chris & Harry up a "more-interesting" variation. Flannel shirt, Levis, and mountain boots.
Credit: Fritz
Chris on 2nd lead of The Open Book in 1971.
Chris on 2nd lead of The Open Book in 1971.
Credit: Fritz

Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 9, 2012 - 02:17am PT
Oh, damn, Adamame, one of the best pics of Positive Vibrations I've seen! That one is on my ticklist like crazy, I saw that pitch from way over on Red Dihedral and just started salivating at the sight of it.

One of my favorite games in this vein is to imagine constructing the sweetest multipitch climb from any of the climbs I've done. Or just imagining all the climbs I've done as one gigantic climb.
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Dec 9, 2012 - 02:24am PT
Hobbit Book. Love that.

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Dec 9, 2012 - 09:42am PT
Micronut, I agree with Tollhouse Traverse but I would have been ashamed to say it. Now that a respected climber such as yourself has I feel comfortable admitting I've probably done it 200+ times in the past 20 years and hope to do it a bunch more.

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Dec 9, 2012 - 11:10am PT
Why, Gunsmoke, of course . . .
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Dec 9, 2012 - 02:34pm PT
I would choose out of the womb, again.
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